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March 12, 2017

Santa Magic’s “Magical Santa Moments” is sure to be a fun and interactive workshop!

Don’t miss Santa Magic’s hands-on, interactive workshop on “Magical Santa Moments” at the April NLSA school session!
Larry “Santa Magic” Talbert has been “marketing with magic” for years in his “other” profession in the insurance industry.  Larry started in the business 33 years ago and when he started utilizing magic as part of his marketing plan, he grew his business over 400% in less than 8 years. Magic became his trademark and being an amateur magician was the most fun he had until he became Santa.  When Larry decided to put on the Red Suit it was only natural that he took the name of “Santa Magic”, as he loves incorporating magic into his Santa persona!
Santa Magic will share some fun and easy tricks that you can incorporate into your repertoire that will help create a magical and memorable impression and enhance your client’s overall Santa experience.
March 5, 2017

Santa Jeaux returns in April for a more intensive 3-part workshop on The Art of Storytelling

Concept image with What is Your Story printed on an old typewriter

Santa Jeaux returns to NLSA with a follow-up to his popular “Art of Storytelling” class. Santa Jeaux’s April session will provide a more intensive 3-part class designed to help students create and/or expand their own storytelling skills by working with ideas for their character’s development and personal background story. Whether you are brand new Santa or a well seasoned entertainer, your performance can be improved, and the feelings of your heart better felt by others, through the enhancement of your own performance skills. So plan on being involved as you learn something that you can, with a little practice, use in your portrayals during the Christmas season. Santa Jeaux will draw upon all of his years of knowledge and experience in the performance arts to present a fun, informative and interactive class!

February 28, 2017

Don’t miss our workshop on Visits to Chronically/Terminally Ill Children

Santa Hospital Visits

We are proud to announce that Santa Gordon Pugh will be a Guest Speaker at our April session to discuss “Santa and/or Mrs. Claus Visits to Chronically/Terminally Ill Children. Gordon made his first appearance as Santa over 30 years ago at a local mall in the Birmingham area. Since then, he has worked regularly with sick, injured and chronically ill children, both as Santa, and in his professional career as a counselor, therapist, and as Chaplain of Children’s Hospital of Alabama, where he has worked since 1999. A seasoned public speaker, Gordon has regularly presented at the Association of Professional Chaplains Conference, the Pediatric Chaplains Network Annual Forum, the Alabama Chaplains Association, as well as various universities, hospitals and hospice facilities.  Gordon is looking forward to offering his unique perspective, as both a Santa and a professional in the children’s healthcare industry, so that we may provide the most meaningful Santa experience possible to ill children and their families.

September 25, 2016

September, 2016 School Session

September 20, 2016

Thank you for making our September school such a success!


We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped to make our September school session such a success.

A big thank you to all of our incredible guest instructors Deborah Beeson, Stephanie Floyd, Jess Wal Foster, Ansley Johnson, Heidi J. Moore, SantaJoe Pridgen, and Santa Ed Vinson for giving their time and for sharing their knowledge with us.

Thank you to our wonderful vendors TomCortemeglia, Robbie Hite, Debra Medley, Aloha Bob Moffa, and Willie Smith for being a part of our school.

Thank you to the vendors and the individuals who generously donated door prizes for the raffle.

Thank you Denise Ruiz and all the staff at Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Point for being such welcoming and accommodating hosts.

Thank you Santa Thomas Tolbert for coordinating the donated lunch on Saturday and never-ending desserts for the weekend.

Thank you to the Richmond Baking Company for the donated cookies on all the tables.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to acknowledge our very first graduating class. We had over 70 Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Santa’s Helpers in attendance and we cannot thank all of you enough for your overwhelming response and for being a part of our school.

Based out of the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area, the Northern Lights Santa Academy serves Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and Santa's Helpers in the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more information about our Santa school, please contact us.  

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